TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Barbara Burkett, a teacher with the Ontario
North East District School Board was re-elected vice-president of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual
Addressing the more than 500 delegates attending the meeting, Burkett
stressed that support for quality public education must be placed at the
forefront of the provincial election.
"Our Close the Gap campaign confronts injustice and will eliminate the
gap between elementary and secondary pupil funding. We will ensure that issues
of poverty, violence against women, access to child care, and respect for the
environment are addressed politically.
"We must protect and enhance the gains that we have achieved," Burkett
said. "In 2008, the ETFO mandate will include proactive collective bargaining.
New agreements must support enhanced benefits and working conditions and
improved learning conditions for our students."
Burkett, who has been ETFO's vice-president for the past two years, was
first elected to the provincial Executive in 2001. She was president of ETFO's
North East Local from 2001-2004. Burkett has also been an Ontario Teachers'
Federation governor and has chaired a number of ETFO committees. As chair of
the Executive Task Force on the Care and Protection of the Environment,
Burkett has been a strong advocate for environmental responsibility within the
Burkett has been a teacher for 27 years, working with students from
Kindergarten to grade 8 in Northern Ontario.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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